Black Note Stout | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the most sought-after stouts in Bell's history, Black Note Stout blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout and ages the combination in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months. The resulting harmony of flavors captures the finest features of all three components: malty notes of dark chocolate, espresso & dried fruits, all buoyed by the warmth and fragrance of the bourbon barrel. Aimed squarely at the stout and bourbon aficionados, Black Note makes a grand statement about the art of the dark.

Added by mcallister on 06-16-2007

BEER STATS
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#99
Reviews:
779
Ratings:
4,802
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmf5581
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greene94
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/05/2017

L- The beer pours black (duh) with a half centimeter mocha head of fine bubbles. The head recedes to a thin ring leaving no lacing behind.
S-The nose is bourbon forward, demonstrating that oaky vanilla characteristic. Behind the bourbon is a dark chocolate which seems almost sweet due to the bourbon.
T-On the palate the sweetness of the nose is far better balanced. Up front you get roasty coffee like presence. Thankfully I don't get any of that charred flavor I get with some stouts. Bourbon rises in the middle sweetening the bitter coffee presence and lingering into the finish. A chocolate aftertaste is left on the tongue after the bourbon subsides.
F-Mouthfeel overall is medium. It's smooth, but could be a little thicker. Carbonation is light.
O- An excellent bourbon barrel aged stout, that may not quite live up to all the hype. It's good don't get med wrong. I'm not sure it's good enough at the price point it commands.

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Photo of Sauced4life
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque chocolate color in a Stone RIS glass with a 2F head.

Chocolate aroma, not pronounced.

Very complex taste: milk chocolate which deepens with warming.

Very enjoyable beer,

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Recently hit MA over the past month or so. I have wanted to try this forever. Surprisingly this beer was bottled about a year ago. Aroma and flavor are oxidized. Oak character is very mild. Oxidized fruits chocolate and some coffee. Overall this was disappointing. Won't be slapping a $20 down on the counter for this 4 pack again.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sd123
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snyddb
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuanFushashi
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbiello
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kobo
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KShophead
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PDinunzi
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(2017 12 oz bottle, PKG 10/05/2017... poured into a snifter)

L: impenetrably black (or very dark brown) liquid, topped with a khaki-colored loose foam which collapses into a chunky collar

S: espresso, subtle menthol, roast/char... prune, ethanol... bittersweet dark cocoa, ash... essence of the barrel seems to be the last thing to slowly emerge, then it dominates... roast and booze most prominent, mostly the former... overall intensity seems a touch restrained

T: bourbon character dominates upon first sip with underlying oily black coffee and licorice in the malt finishing with a subtle flash of a berry brandy note; aftertaste is rather dry with a delicate essence of charcoal and black licorice lingering... upon second sip, a toasty cookie grain builds in the back with maybe even a hint of oxidation... malt really opens up as approaches barely cool to the touch

F: medium-bodied, a lil muddy, a lil plush; cold heat from the booze... phenomenal sipper, smooth, only a subtle teasing burn

O: a tasty, full-flavored, elegant strong stout... second time having this but I'm not sure it's quite worth the $10/bottle it fetches in the city - luckily got it a bit cheaper in the burbs... I'll might grab another bottle just to see how it ages... good, but not unique

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice creamy thick body with light carbonation. Aroma is malt, bourbon, black coffee. Comes off almost like a coffee bourbon candy smell
Taste is sweet with a mild bitter finish. Sticky sweet bourbon coats the tongue and lingers a long while. Coffee and espresso show up as well in the taste.
Overall it's an excellent beer that I would seek out again

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Photo of Holderness
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pitch black body with 2.5 fingers of light brown head produced with moderate pour. Excellent retention given the ABV. Some lacing
S -- Roast, dark chocolate, fudge, bourbon, fig, prune, raisin, dark roast coffee, caramel, vanilla
T -- Rich, smokey, and fudgy. Nice dried dark fruit character and a bit of earthen hop character in the back. Bourbon barrel character is very well integrated, imparting a nice boozy sweetness without overpowering. Booze is pretty well hidden. Also getting some espresso and ash
F -- Smooth and silky. Not super chewy or anything, but I don't get the sense that's what this beer sets out to do: it's not a dessert/pastry stout
O -- A lovely brass-tacks bourbon barrel aged stout. Probably won't knock your socks off, but it's very solidly made

87/100

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Photo of DiggerDahl
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Johncnh
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VikingDAB
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 10/5/17
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The color is that super-dark brown that lets no light through. Fine head shows up quickly and goes away quickly. No lacing.

The main scent is black licorice, and lots of it. There's also some figs and a little molasses. Lactic, and it's coffee creamer, which isn't something I can say I've encountered in any other brew. Good Intensity. Even some honey as it warms.

Main tastes are smoke and an anise that's somewhere between that black licorice and a lighter version. That smoke is tied to coffee and 90%+ chocolate, but that connection just might be somewhere in my brain after the fact. Figs are there, but dialed back. Fair to say that prunes are in there, too. Coffee bitterness, but the bitterness and smoke are disconnected, if you follow. This might go really nicely with smoked meat; heavy flavor, and it could stand shoulder to shoulder.

Fine, well-integrated carbonation. Aftertaste is figs and anise. Bitter, but not to its detriment. Good, heavy weight.

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